In our youth, many of us take our senses for granted. We do not understand our elders nor their need to use glasses to read even the simplest of things around them. Imagine not being able to read the buttons on your remote, a book/instruction manual, to see your smartphone/computer screen or that you must ask for help to order food from a menu. It may not seem that silly to you, but put yourself into their shoes. I have been to dinner with relatives who forgot their reading glasses and struggled with embarrassment. Even more than that, asking for help may create issues with self-pride/confidence and may even possibly lead to a sense of panic. ThinOptics has created a system to ensure that you are never without a pair of reading glasses. If you have never heard of this company, I invite you to read my previous reviews on MacSources that detail the quality, the character and the story of ThinOptics (macsources.com/thinoptics-reading-glasses-review, macsources.com/thinoptics-review-never-without-reading-glasses, macsources.com/thinoptics). The Frontpage Collection promises to add yet another option for those who rely upon readers.
Unlike previous versions of the ThinOptics line, the Frontpage Collection expanded their gear beyond their standard nose-pinch style. The Manhattan Reading Glasses arrived in an attractive 6 1/2 inches tall by 4 3/4 inches wide by 1/2 inches thick retail package. Across the cover, you will find a large image of round readers, akin to those worn by Benjamin Franklin. Attractive, simple, and elegant, the glasses rested atop a cityscape image. The “ThinOptics” navy blue logo shone brilliantly against the white canvas, and the thin black text below the title summarized the device “The Last Pair of Reading Glasses You’ll Ever Need.” Located just beneath the 4 1/2 inches wide glasses image, you will find “THE FRONTPAGE COLLECTION” listed in maroon coloration. The Manhattan Reading Glasses promised to be the lightest reading glasses in the world, with a stick anywhere slim case. Along the top left of the case (your top right), you will find the listed strength. This version was listed at 1.50 and was geared to cover strength 1.25–1.75. Depending upon your need, you can use the ThinOptics strength test to order the correct size. They currently have options for 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5 strength lenses. Turning the product over, you will notice the purposefully placed images. The first image, located toward your top left, showed the Milano case slenderly and attractively affixed to the back of a smartphone. To the right of that image, you will find a direct face-on view of the glasses upon a female face. The bottom left image showed a side view of a male wearing the glasses and the last image was a 2 1/4 inches wide by 1 7/16 inches tall, zoomed-in view of the lens. In addition to lens strength, you can also choose clear, brown or black for the frames. Just beneath the frame color, ThinOptics provided a paragraph that detailed their saga of creating the ever-ready pair of glasses from the Frontpage Collection.
Grab the marroon pull tab and slide the drawer outward. The glasses and Milano case, resting within a white plastic sheath, were directly showcased behind a clear plastic window. Remove the 0.35-ounce glasses, the 0.95-ounce ThinOptics Milano case and set them both aside. Resting beneath the plastic tray, I found a four-panel instruction manual, which detailed the temple personalization, reader storage within the case and installation of the Milano case onto a smartphone. Step-A provided straightforward verbal and pictorial details about the bendable/customizable temple arms. This feature may not seem that important, but it could drastically improve the experience for some users. The attractive metallic Milano case measured 5 3/8 inches long by 1 7/8 inches wide by 3/16 inches thick and opened with a 3 3/4 inch clamshell hinge. The case remained closed with powerful magnets located along the top. Inside of the case, one side is metal lined and the other is felt lined. Place the lenses face down into the felt-lined molded cavity and then close the case. The magnets did a great job at keeping the case closed and ensuring the glasses remained inside. Within the packaging, I found a 1 1/2 inches wide by 4 inches long double sided adhesive. To attach this to your case/phone, remove the liner from one side and then attach it to the backside of the Milano case. Remove the second piece of the liner and then attach the device to the back of your smartphone/case. I do caution you, this is a one-time use adhesive. You can remove the case and then roll the adhesive off of your device. However, you will need to get another adhesive to reaffix the Milano Case. After perusing the website, I was unable to find a method to order additional adhesives. Since the company provides “free replacement glasses…forever,” it would not make sense to limit their use (you still pay to ship). I will reach out to the company to see if these are available for purchase.
The glasses felt more comfortable to me than the standard ThinOptics lenses and felt more secure on my face. I was amazed that the case and The ability to curve the temple arms around my temples added to the comfort. My statement is not a negative towards the other glasses, rather a compliment to the newest styles. Before I reviewed the glasses, both my wife and I felt that the Brooklyn style over the Manhattan style, better matched my face. We enjoyed the Manhattan yet still feel that the shape was not ideal for my face. I look forward to evaluating the Brooklyn style next.
Originally published at macsources.com on August 27, 2018.